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Old Town Sandomierz

Brama Opatowska, the tower in the city gate is where you can begin. A brisk walk with the opportunities to get lost as many times as you want, would see you at Rynek or the Market Square, city center. The 14th century Gothic Town Hall is what you see, first. Later remodeled in the renaissance style, it houses the regional Museum Collection in the ground floor and a period coffee shop in the basement. Just a stone's throw away and as the crow flies, right on the opposite side is the Gothic cathedral, founded by King Casimir the Great. Byzantine murals adorn the chapel walls and 16 large paintings from the 18th century decorate the sidewalls.

Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, the contemporary Polish wordsmith had spent his last days nearby. The house is now transformed into the Museum for Literature. Jan Dlugosz, the 15th-century pen pusher, too had lived here. His house has the religious art collection of the Diocesan museum. Apart from the usual artifacts, it has a stale roll of bread from the 17th century and a lock of Napoleon's hair. Out of old town Sandomierz Jan Dlugosz, the 15th-century chronicler, perching on a lonely hill, sits the Gothic Castle. Dating back to the 14th century, it has served as a penitentiary and now forms the local museum.

Sandomierz landscape is dotted with churches. St. Jacob, St. Paul, St. Josef, St. Spirit and St. James. The Church of St. James is credited to be the oldest brick laden house of worship in the whole of Poland. It has a fascinating history. The Mongol marauders had slaughtered the monks of Sandomierz, in this House. It also contains the country's only mummy, which is 300 years old. The city is built upon a network of natural vaults. The underground terrains are a remarkable sight. A plucky girl is supposed to have avenged her kith and kin on the Mongol horde by leading them inside while the villagers walled up the vaults. She died with them.


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